A new set of requirements for Harvard College students will take effect in Fall 2019, and the Class of 2020 will transition to those new requirements at that time.
How do I plan for the new College requirements?
- Gen Ed (4 courses): Aim to complete at least one of the four new Gen Ed requirements each year. One of these can be pass/fail.
- Distribution (3 courses): Take departmental courses from across the academic divisions of the FAS to fulfill the new distribution requirement. Many students end up fulfilling 2/3 of this requirement by the end of their freshman year as they explore possible concentrations.
Quantitative Facility (1 course): Take at any time a course approved for the Gen Ed Empirical & Mathematical Reasoning requirement or any Math, Applied Math, Computer Science or Statistics course. This must be passed with a letter grade.
How do I know what courses will fulfill the new College requirements?
- Check my.harvard tolearn whether a course fulfills Gen Ed or distribution requirements. At the bottom of each course description you will see two fields: General Education and Divisional Distribution. If a course fulfills Gen Ed or distribution requirements, that information will be listed here. If the field reads “None,” then it does not.
How do I know which requirements I’ve already met, and which I haven’t?
Will Gen Ed requirements I complete before Fall 2019 count for the new requirements?
Yes! Any current Gen Ed requirement you complete will count toward one of the new College requirements.
- Yes! Any current Gen Ed requirement you complete will count toward one of the new College requirements.
If I take a Divisional Distribution course now, will it count towards the new requirements?
- Yes! Any courses tagged as fulfilling a Divisional Distribution requirement will count toward the new program, no matter when you take the course.